Awesome Montreal Neighborhoods to Explore

March 22, 2014
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First time renting an apartment in Montreal? Just arrived for school, business or relocation? Never fear, there’s so much to do here you’ll never be bored. But just to help you get started, here are our top three choices:

If you like: Museums, galleries, and shopping…

You’ll love: Downtown Montreal. Here you’ll find the Fine Arts Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as some great private galleries and antique stores. Downtown is also where you’ll find St Catherine street, the city’s main commercial strip, with malls, high street stores, and brand names.

If you like: History, culture and architecture…

You’ll love: The Old Port. By the banks of the Saint Lawrence river you’ll find Le Vieux port, complete with cobblestone streets and old stone facades. Historical relics include the striking white Clock Tower at the northern end of Quai Jacques Cartier. Built in 1922 to honor sailors who died in WWI, it affords commanding views of the river and city. There’s also a riverside walkway, which is perfect for biking, jogging, skating, or just strolling at sunset.

If you like: cafes, restaurants and bars…

You’ll love: The Plateau. This melting pot of a neighborhood has everything from bohemian artists to young yuppie families but it is absolutely the place to go for brunch, cocktails, or a world-class dinner. The main thoroughfare of Mont-Royal Avenue stretches between the Mountain and the Olympic Stadium, and you could spend the day just browsing the alternative boutiques and independent cafes.

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